Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Pacific Ethanol Inc (PEIX), where a total volume of 1,931 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 193,100 underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 41.6% of PEIX's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 464,510 shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $10 strike call option expiring July 21, 2017, with 500 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 50,000 underlying shares of PEIX. Below is a chart showing PEIX's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $10 strike highlighted in orange:

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MBIA Inc. ( MBI) saw options trading volume of 5,068 contracts, representing approximately 506,800 underlying shares or approximately 41.5% of MBI's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.2 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $10 strike call option expiring January 19, 2018, with 1,722 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 172,200 underlying shares of MBI. Below is a chart showing MBI's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $10 strike highlighted in orange:

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And VirnetX Holding Corp ( VHC) options are showing a volume of 864 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 86,400 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 40.1% of VHC's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 215,600 shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $4 strike call option expiring March 17, 2017, with 150 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 15,000 underlying shares of VHC. Below is a chart showing VHC's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $4 strike highlighted in orange:

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